The Gila County Mounted Posse’s annual fund-raiser drew an enthusiastic, albeit smaller crowd, to the Oxbow Saloon in Payson Saturday.
The group’s Vice Commander Gary Chitwood said while the turnout wasn’t as good as last year’s event, it was still a success.
“We were competing with a lot of other events,” he said. “Still, everyone had a good time and that is what it is all about.”
While it is unclear how much the event brought in, all proceeds will go towards paying for equipment and supplies that sustain the volunteer effort.
The posse has brought horsepower to rescue efforts in Rim Country, using horses to haul one-wheeled litters out on steep trails like Fossil Creek, Salome, Hellsgate and other remote locations.
Saturday’s event included the raffle of an ATV, an auction of donated items, a barbecue dinner, live music, a petting zoo and a game area for the kids and lots of volunteers, who normally get together to haul injured hikers out of Fossil Creek.
Money raised will also support scholarships for area kids.
For more information or to make a donation, call Earl Chitwood at (928) 238-0005.